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Conference focuses on pre-1950 black films

The IU Black Film Center/Archive will present a conference regarding early black films Nov. 15 at the IU Cinema.

At the conference, the Regeneration in Digital Contexts: Early Black Film conference, attendees will be able to learn about and discuss the preservation of these films.

According to an IU Newsroom press release, only a small percentage of the films made before 1950 for black audiences still exist.

Many of the existing films are only in fragments.

Shola Lynch, filmmaker and curator of the Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will give the keynote speech.

Along with the conference, the IU Cinema will show two Library of Congress restorations of black-cast silent films, accompanied with live pianist Philip Carli on Nov. 15 and 16.

­— Amanda Arnold

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